University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

This course combines interdisciplinary and innovative research, using techniques of image, object and textual analysis, and practical work in handling archives, curating and writing. Its combination of critical engagement and creative skills bridges scholarly research and the cultural and creative industries. The course aims to teach students to be high level researchers and innovative practitioners, responding to a need for professionals with a broad interest in cultural production and the skills to communicate this to specialist and general audiences alike. The course will make use of London's wealth of collections, archives and creative practitioners, staging the teaching in relation to 'live' resources. Key focuses of the course are collections and archives, including those that are institutional, personal and /or produced in the context of creative art practices, which students will address from both theoretical and practical standpoints. Collections and archives are historical constructions as much as physical (or other), and the course encourages students to see them as discursive, technological, social and political. The course is taught by a team of tutors who bridge academic research and writing and professional practices of criticism, journalism, art, exhibition design, curating and collections management, most of whom developed and currently teach on the BA Criticism, Communication and Curation: Arts and Design degree. The course's main aim is to take research based in the academic environment and make it accessible to larger or new audiences.

Course Modules

Modules include: Theories, methods and research; practice.

Course Additional Entry

An Honours degree or evidence of equivalent learning, and normally at least 1 year of relevant professional experience. The relevant disciplines and professional fields include: History; art history; culture, communications or media studies; fine art; fashion (history and theory); multimedia or interactive design; curatorial, gallery or museum work; research; collections management or interpretation; journalism (digital, broadcast, press and radio); art criticism and other forms of writing practices; marketing and public relations (PR); retail, if culturally related. Applicants will be considered for admission who have already achieved a relevant Honours degree, who can evidence experiential learning equivalent to a degree or who have 3 years' relevant professional experience. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one paper, or equivalent. If an applicant has booked a test or is awaiting their result, then this should be indicated on the application form.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £15,950  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,000  Academic year. First year home fees